So I woke up this morning to the sad news of legendary Nigerian footballer and coach, Stephen Keshi passing on after a cardiac arrest and I was thrown into a fit of rage and deep sadness. Not at anybody directly but at life itself for its many twists and turns. Here is a relatively young man loved by many being snatched away by the cold prying hands of death at the very beginning of his mid-life. I was enraged (I still am), confused and most of all I could not believe it even though I could see that the sources were credible. So I started crawling on the internet looking for sources that would discredit the news but to my chagrin I found none. I had already read that he died of complications from cardiac arrest or ‘heart attack’ as most people know it, so out of desperation, I started looking for ways that his death could have been averted- something, anything. Luckily I found something.
It is a chip being developed by a team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). According to them, this device would be implanted just below the skin and can basically check the concentration of substances in the blood to help determine the status of a patient’s health. There are five sensors, a radio transmitter and a power system to make it all work. According to a statement by EPFL on Eurakaalert, it can detect up to five proteins and organic acids simultaneously, and then transmit the results directly to a doctor’s computer. This method will allow a much more personalized level of care than traditional blood tests can provide. It would also help the doctor determine if there would be an imminent cardiac arrest so he can wade in and stop it from happening or reducing its effects to the barest minimum.
Whatever information I am sharing now would not bring back ‘the big boss’ but it offers immense hope going forward as a people. At least when it is released on the market we can be sure that it would save a lot of lives. This chip is projected to come out next year and all of us at gadgetsreview really wish it had come out one year earlier. But all we can say right now is; rest in peace to the Big Boss. Heaven could not wait.